From: “Brenda Lange” Subject: BLOG Aug. 17, 2013
DISTRICT BASKETBALL COURT GETS A WORK OUT
Our budget would not allow us to complete the court, as rebuilding half the court cost $4,500, using 170 bags of cement. Cement and all colors of paints are in short supply in northern Moz. right now due to the tremendous amount of new construction going on in Pemba because of the natural gas boom. The new road that will run through Balama (someday) is being built across the bush to the west of us and is eating cement by the truck load.
GOOD SAMARATAN TAKEN TO A NEW LEVEL
A delayed shipment of medications caused many District Hospitals in our Province to operate for the last 3 weeks with limited life-saving treatments for malaria or advanced infections needing Injectable Penicillin. ZITO, in Namara, developed a staff infection after a boil left an open wound over his spine. Thanks to a quick thinking nurse who knew of a place we could get Penicillin, Capena was given permission to obtain Zito’s medications at a remote clinic about 16 miles (30 km) into the bush. Zito has received his much needed injections since Monday and is doing very well now.
EGIDIO, one of the dorm boys, stuck something in his hand on Tuesday causing an infection that also needed Injectable Penicillin. God gave us favor, as we once again drove to this remote clinic and were given the last 4 vials they had. Now NO ONE in Balama District had any Penicillin, but God made a way! Capena was in Pemba yesterday, when the MEDICATIONS ARRIVED at the state hospital. The Pemba hospital staff saw Capena at Social Services (next door) and immediately asked him to truck the supplies to Balama. HE HAPPILY COMPLIED. The drugs are now safely in the pharmacy and available for immediate use. GOD SUPPLIES ALL OUR NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY!
GOD’S SUN IS A FREE GIFT
For 30 days now, we have been unable to buy bottled propane for our cook stove. This caused us to go into “God’s mode”, which means we turned to God’s SUN for help. Heating bath water by using solar shower bags or thin metal pots painted black is very easy (if you use metal pots, the water MUST TOUCH THE LID or the water won’t heat). Making SUN TEA is as simple as putting a tea bag in a clean jar and placing it in the sunshine.
Why waste cooking fuel when the needed energy is FREE!
God’s Favor is with us as 1 truck of propane came in last week, and Capena happened to see it when it entered Pemba. He followed it to the company’s loading dock and was able to buy 1 bottle directly off the truck. The entire truck load was gone in a matter of minutes! His “craftiness” was a huge blessing to us. STAY ALERT! AS YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN GOD MAY SEND A BLESSING ACROSS YOUR PATH.
BUSH BUNNY SNAKE STORY!!!!
A true “bush person” is like the old cowboys who read the ground instead of a newspaper. If you want to stay alive you have to know what “critter” is slithering or walking around in your area. As I walked to Eric’s house, my mind was on many things, when my eyes spotted a super FRESH snake trail that crossed his driveway. I froze. Scanned the area, and spotted the 1.2 meter (4 foot) spitting cobra lying about 30 feet (10 m) away under a mango tree. (Immobility is a defense mechanism as it makes them harder to see.) I remained frozen but called for our guard, Rachide. The snake didn’t move. Rachide brought his 12 ft. (4 meter) bamboo snake killing pole, but the tree’s branches were too low to use it. A spitting cobra can spit it’s poison into your eyes easily from a 10 ft. (3 meter ) distance. He said ROCKS and put his back-up plan into action. Calling for the man who makes our children’s clothing, both men picked up 3 hand size rocks. They eased up to within 12 feet (4 m) of the snake, and on the count of 3, they did justice to the best pitchers on any baseball team, hitting the snake with 6 powerfully thrown rocks. Every rock hit the snake, causing it to launch itself straight UP into the air as if striking at an invisible enemy. As the wounded snake flopped out from under the tree, Rachide finished it off with his long bamboo rod.
Moral of the story: Always, always be on the alert for “signs of your enemies”, (spiritual and physical), as they are usually lurking nearby, ready to strike if given the opportunity. ASK in the name of JESUS and you shall RECEIVE HIS unfailing protection.
BLESSINGS FROM THE BALAMA TEAM BUSH BUNNY BRENDA MELISSA OLMSDAHL AND THE BALAMA STAFF